Weekend Alert

If you're into block parties with 500,000 guests, music festivals or free movies in the park, Chicago is the place to be this weekend. The city's hosting one of Europe's major theater companies, a banjo-fueled tribute to country music and Old St. Pat's is inviting 20,000 young adults to mingle downtown. Get loose, it's time to make weekend plans.

[Editor's Note: Obviously we'll be at the Blackhawks celebration parade tomorrow morning. The event (which Mayor Emanuel calls, "'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' for the entire city,") will begin at the United Center and end with a rally at 11 a.m. in Grant Park. If you're lost, follow the confetti.

Inner Voices at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater (Through 6/29)

Inner Voices Inner Voices is about a man who dreams so vividly about the murder of a friend that he believes the crime has actually been committed by his neighbors' family. As someone who recently fell asleep while watching Mama and woke up covered in cold sweat with my heart beating like a Skrillex joint, I absolutely understand the plight of this character's situation. The performance also marks the return of Piccolo Teatro di Milano, which last played in Chicago in 2005. As perhaps the most accomplished theater company in Italy, you'd be wise to catch them before they leave town for another eight years.

Weekend Festivals (Through 6/30)

World's Largest Block Party

With sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70s, Chicago's street festivals will be turned up (once again) this weekend. The 29th annual World's Largest Block Party at Old St. Pat's (pictured) invites 20,000 people to mingle, order drinks from celebrity bartenders and dance to a nightly lineup of live bands. Summer Music Film Festival has weekend screenings of the best movie x melody hybrids (if you want our picks for must-see films, click here). And Country Fest promises a whiskey-fueled weekend of barbeque plates and songs about customizing your Chevy with a lift kit.

Movies in the Parks (Through 9/14)

Movies in the Park

For the 13th consecutive year, the Chicago Park District presents screenings of current and classic movies in more than 100 citywide parks. Admission for the nearly 200 showings, which run recurrently through September 14, is free. This weekend gather up the kiddos for The Amazing Spiderman at Shedd Park on Friday, The Iron Giant at Rutherford Sayre Park on Saturday, or Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby on Sunday. For a complete list of Movies in the Parks, click here. Weather permitting, all movies begin at dusk.

Chicago Pride Parade (6/30)

PRIDE Parade

Chicago's Pride Festival concludes with this Sunday's Pride Parade, an event that draws more than 500,000 people to the Boystown neighborhood. While "parade" is in the title, this is really more of a neighborhood-wide celebration that spills out into the streets. This isn't your grandfather's controlled promenade. There are floats at this parade, but they blast David Guetta remixes.

MCA Theaster Gates Performance (6/30)

Theaster Gates

One of the city's most recognized artists, Theaster Gates, displays large-scale installations from materials recovered from the Hugenot House and pews from the University of Chicago's Bond Chapel. The physical art pieces are complemented by a series of performances by Yaw Agyeman, Khari Lemuel, Tomeka Reid, Joshua Abrams, Mikel Avery, Orron Kenyatta and others from the Chicago classical music community.

For a detailed and up-to-the-minute calendar of Chicago events, click here.  

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